Essay On Being Ethical And Turning A Profit

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Being Ethical and Turning a Profit
Today’s global business environment has new challenges and ethical dilemmas that businesses did not have to contend with many years ago. The business mentality of today is in a constant state of evolution, from the mentality of just gaining high profit margins to incorporating social and environmental responsibility in the organization’s business structure. There are many factors that shape an organizations future such as owners demands, shareholders, stakeholders, and ethical responsibilities. For a business to maintain sustainability, customer relevance, and proper image, ethics has to be on the fore front of management’s decision making processes. Management has to know, define, incorporate, and stand
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Every day we as individuals have to make decisions that have direct and indirect consequences based on the decisions that we make. An example is each morning you have to make the decision to get up and go to work or to lay there. The consequences are do you lose your job and respect of your peers, or you continue to have employment with potential for advancement. Other decisions may not be as easily made such as selecting a vendor for your organization that tests their product on animals in another country, but have a lower product cost than the current vendor. There are major factors that determine the ethical decisions which are ethical intensity, or how the situation is perceived. (Schermerhorn, 2013) Ethical intensity is how an organization or individual perceives the magnitude of potential harm, effects, and what would be the social response. Managers fall into three types of categories such as immoral, amoral, or moral mangers. Immoral mangers are driven purely by personal gain, and knowingly will choose unethical practices to achieve personal goals. Amoral managers are managers that unknowingly or unintentionally make unethical choices, by failing to fully understand the impact of decisions made. Lastly moral managers fully understand the implications of ethical decisions. (Schermerhorn, 2013) Managers have a lot of outside forces that act upon them to make decision such as owners, shareholders, stakeholders, customers, and economic

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